Driver Handicaps: Homestead-Miami

Carl Edwards

Carl Edwards leads all drivers with a 5.7 average finish. (Photo: Getty Images)

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This weekend the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway for Sunday's Ford 400. To help you make your fantasy racing picks, MotorRacingNetwork.com brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for the 267-lap event.

Who's HOT at Homestead-Miami
• Carl Edwards has finished eighth or better in the last six races, including two wins.
• Kevin Harvick has the best average finish (2.7) in the three races with the COT.
• Greg Biffle leads all drivers with three victories. 
• Matt Kenseth is second in laps led (288) on the current track configuration.
• Martin Truex Jr. has posted a 7.6 average finish in his last five starts.
• Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson each have finished in the top 10 in seven of their last nine starts.
• Denny Hamlin has one win and a 6.8 average finish in his last five starts.

Keep an Eye On at Homestead-Miami 
• AJ Allmendinger has a 8.7 average finish in three starts at Homestead-Miami.
• Kurt Busch (10.7) , Dale Earnhardt Jr. (11.8), Brad Keselowski (12.5) and Marcos Ambrose (12.7) rank in the top 10 in average finish in the races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011.
• Kyle Busch is third in laps led (336) in the races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011.
• Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne have respective average finishes of 9.3 and 9.7 in the three races with the COT at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Homestead-Miami Qualifying Facts 

*Active Pole Leaders
Best Starting Average
Races Won from Starting Pos.
1. Kurt Busch - 2
1. Kasey Kahne - 7.9
Pole - Two times
Jimmie Johnson - 2
2. Ryan Newman - 11.2
Top Five - Seven times
Kasey Kahne - 2
3. Kevin Harvick - 13.2
Top 10 - Nine times
2. Three drivers with one
4. Carl Edwards - 13.4
Top 15 - 10 times
5. Jamie McMurray - 14.3
Worst - 38th, one time

* - Must be entered in the Ford 400.

*Best Average Finish at Homestead-Miami  

Last # of Races
Driver
Avg. Fin.
Two Races
Kevin Harvick
3.0
Four Races
Carl Edwards
3.5
Six Races
Carl Edwards
4.3
Eight Races
Kevin Harvick
6.5
10 Races
Kevin Harvick
7.9

* - The best average finish is based off a driver who has competed in every race during that time span.

Homestead-Miami Loop Data Stat Leaders (2005-2010) 

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Carl Edwards
1. Martin Truex Jr.
1. Carl Edwards - 7.7
2. Kevin Harvick
2. Carl Edwards
2. Martin Truex Jr. - 9.6
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Matt Kenseth
3. Kevin Harvick - 9.8
4. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Greg Biffle
4. Matt Kenseth - 10.2
5. Matt Kenseth
5. Jimmie Johnson
5. Jimmie Johnson - 12.6
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Carl Edwards - 1379
1. Martin Truex Jr. - 327
1. Carl Edwards - 117.5
2. Kevin Harvick - 1264
2. Jeff Gordon - 258
2. Martin Truex Jr. - 107.4
3. Matt Kenseth - 1228
3. Jimmie Johnson - 248
3. Matt Kenseth - 105.7
4. Jimmie Johnson - 1221
4. Clint Bowyer - 245
4. Kevin Harvick - 102.8
5. Greg Biffle - 1118
5. Kevin Harvick - 243
5. Greg Biffle - 97.4

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating: Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.


For a look at all the pre-race Loop Data for Homestead-Miami view the Ford 400 pre-race ebook.

Season Loop Data Leaders  

*Fastest Early in a Run
*Fastest Late in a Run
Avg. Running Position
1. Kyle Busch
1. Kyle Busch
1. Kyle Busch - 10.4
2. Carl Edwards
2. Jimmie Johnson 
2. Jimmie Johnson - 11.8
3. Jimmie Johnson
3. Carl Edwards
3. Matt Kenseth - 12.1
4. Kurt Busch
4. Matt Kenseth
4. Kurt Busch - 12.3
5. Jeff Gordon
5. Tony Stewart
5. Carl Edwards - 12.3
Laps in Top 15
*Quality Passes
*Driver Rating
1. Kyle Busch - 7988
1. Kyle Busch - 2150
1. Kyle Busch - 104.8
2. Carl Edwards - 7681
2. Kurt Busch - 2103
2. Carl Edwards - 99.8
3. Jimmie Johnson - 7525
3. Clint Bowyer - 2078
3. Jimmie Johnson - 99.6
4. Matt Kenseth - 7296
4. Paul Menard - 1958
4. Matt Kenseth - 98.4
5. Kevin Harvick - 7235
5. Matt Kenseth - 1861
5. Jeff Gordon - 95.8

*Fastest Early In a Run: Ranks each driver during the first 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Fastest Late In a Run: Ranks each driver during last 25 percent of laps run since a pit stop.
*Quality Passes: Passing a car running in the Top 15 while under a green flag.
*Driver Rating: Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.


MotorRacingNetwork.com Staff Picks

Jeff Wackerlin: Tony Stewart 
Pete Pistone: Greg Biffle
Craig Moore: Tony Stewart
Steve Blevins: Tony Stewart 
John Singler: Carl Edwards
Ricky Hamber: Tony Stewart

Top 20 Driver Notes - Ordered by current standings
(All stats/notes are in regards to Homestead-Miami unless noted)

1. Carl Edwards: Defending race winner; Win was second in the last three races; Has finished eighth or better in last six races; Leads all drivers with a 5.7 average finish; Best driver rating in last six races; Leads all drivers with a 4.9 average finish in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 739) that he finished second with at Texas Motor Speedway.

2. Tony Stewart: 13.8 average in the eight races on the current track configuration; Scored sixth top 10 in 12 starts last season; Won first two races on old configuration; Third in average finish (7.9) and second in laps led (503) in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 671) that he last led 94 laps with en route to an eighth-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

3. Kevin Harvick: Leads all drivers that have competed in the eight races on current track configuration with a 6.5 average finish; Fourth-best driver rating in past six races; Fourth in average finish (9.9) in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 373) that he last finished sixth with at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October.

4. Brad Keselowski: Scored best finish last season in 13th; 20.3 average finish in three starts; Eighth in average finish (12.5) in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 804) in the Ford 400.

5. Jimmie Johnson: Second among all drivers that have competed in all eight races on current track configuration with a 10.4 average finish; Tied for the fifth-best driver rating in past six races; Seventh in average finish (12.3) and fifth in laps led (267) in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011.

6. Matt Kenseth: Second in laps led (288) in the eight races on current track configuration; 14.9 average finish in that span; Third-best driver rating in past six races; Second in average finish (7.7) and first in laps led (544) in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 741) that he finished fourth with at Texas Motor Speedway.

7. Dale Earnhardt Jr: 27.1 average in the eight races on the current track configuration; Sixth in average finish (11.8) in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 668) that he finished seventh with at Texas Motor Speedway earlier this month.

8. Kurt Busch: Last of three top 10s came in the 2009 race in fourth; Fifth in average finish (10.7) and fourth in laps led (311) in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011; Will race the same car (chassis No. 759) that his teammate Brad Keselowski won with at Pocono Raceway in August.

9. Ryan Newman: 20.8 average in the eight races on the current track configuration; Last of two top 10s in that span came last year in seventh.

10. Denny Hamlin: Winner of the 2009 race; 11.2 average finish in six starts; 10th in average finish (13.0) in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011.

11. Jeff Gordon: 11.5 average in the eight races on the current track configuration; Has finished ninth or better in six races in that span; Finished 37th last season after the engine expired.

12. Kyle Busch: 26.3 average finish in six starts; Only top 10 came in 2009 in eighth; Third in laps led (336) in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 334) in the Ford 400.

13. Clint Bowyer: 15.4 average finish in five starts; Last of two top 10s came in 2008; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 350) that he last finished eighth wit at Dover International Speedway last month.

14. Kasey Kahne: 15.9 average in the eight races on the current track configuration; Eighth-best driver rating in past six races; 3.0 average finish in the last three races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011.

15. Greg Biffle: 11.6 average in the eight races on the current track configuration; Leads al drivers with three wins in that span; Tied for the fifth-best driver rating in past six races; 9.3 average finish and 114 laps led in the last three races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011.

16. AJ Allmendinger: 8.7 average finish in three starts; Best finish came last year in fifth; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 783) that he last finished seventh with at Charlotte Motor Speedway last month.

17. Marcos Ambrose: 34.3 average finish in three starts; Best finish came last season in 26th; Ninth in average finish (12.7) in the 10 races on 1.5-mile tracks in 2011; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 735) that he last finished fifth with at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

18. Paul Menard: 25.4 average finish in five starts; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 364) that he last finished 18th with at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

19. Juan Pablo Montoya: 27.8 average finish in five starts; Will debut a new car (chassis No. 1111) in the Ford 400.

20. Mark Martin: 14.4 average in the eight races on the current track configuration; Ninth-best driver rating in past six races; Will return in the same car (chassis No. 685) that he finished 17th with at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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